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  • Blog Post: Woodland Trust part 2

    In my second interview with Lionel Wilson Head of IS  at the Woodland Trust,  I wanted explore what the challenges are of moving from this .. .   into a new sustainable HQ that wouldn’t look out of place in  Grand Designs albeit on a larger scale. It’s packed full of passive and active...
  • Blog Post: Five New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

    I  think a lot of people, IT Professionals included are worried about the year ahead, so here are some likely problems and my new year resolutions: Energy prices are spiralling This means the cost of moving whole atoms rather than just electrons is even more pronounced than ever, so moving data...
  • Blog Post: Brown IT

    Green IT is about saving power in offices and data centres, so my definition of brown IT is about making the best use of the existing kit you have.  This is good for two reasons, it saves you money as you don’t have to buy new hardware, and it saves vital resources. You will see loads of stuff telling...
  • Blog Post: System Centre Configuration Manager 2007 R3– going for green

    I have never heard of an R3 of a Microsoft product before so I wanted to know more about what’s in SCCM 2007 R3 now it’s been released.  First of all the R3 suffix is about Microsoft being clear on the differences between release service packs etc.  A release is about added functionality without...
  • Blog Post: There’s lies, damn lies and then there’s the environment

    Every one from politicians to the IT industry is trying to raise their profile by establishing their green credentials. This causes lots confusion as they I’m greener than you arguments fly across companies, parties and even countries.  I think a few solid BI principles would be good here: What...
  • Blog Post: Woodland Trust and Green IT

    I was lucky enough to meet  Lionel Wilson , head of IS at the Woodland Trust at the Windows 7 launch last year.  He is now starting to implement what he saw on Hyper V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 as the trust prepares to move into it’s (literally) cool new HQ building...
  • Blog Post: Anywhere Working actually works

    It’s Work Anywhere week but working anywhere isn’t working everywhere. By that I mean that not all organisations allow their staff to work away from the office even where this is possible and even sensible. So here’s my bluffers guide as I do this quite a lot. At first sight working...
  • Blog Post: Is your Journey Really Necessary

    If there was a war on perhaps the government would bring back posters like this one from World War II asking the public not use public transport unless it was absolutely essential.  Petrol was rationed, so the price was irrelevant. Changing the subject for a minute think about these two scenarios...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Virtual Conference 19th June

    Normally at this time of the year the evangelists would be wandering the UK with the TechNet road shows.  However this year TechNet has gone virtual as it’s become very apparent that you are finding it even more difficult to justify a day out of the office not to mention getting approval for travel...
  • Blog Post: Mini Computing Performance

    Performance Management doesn’t just apply to SQL Server, it is just as important in all aspects of engineering.  My cousin Stuart is one such engineer, he takes a standard Mini Cooper (the old kind) and adds a turbo and an Emerald engine control unit (ECU), plus a ton of other tech stuff to ensure...
  • Blog Post: EcoCamp – Working from Home

    I took along a Microsoft RoundTable to the EcoCamp I was at over the weekend which sparked off a conversation on the value of working from home. I had always assumed that home working was environmentally sound,  because of the savings in travel.  However one of the discussion group Jim Hensman...
  • Blog Post: Evangelism in Eden

    Evangelism is a pretty unusual job title, inspiring comments such as 'Only at Micrsoft'. This evangelist has been off to the Eden Project and I got chatting to one of their pollinators, Martin, and discovered that his role is to seed ideas and win hearts and minds of the visiting public, so that would...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Unplugged Tour

    I know many DBA’s have strong opinions on the pros and cons of virtualization especially when applied to SQL Server in a production environment, but I am concerned that a lot of myth and uncertainty surrounds the topic.  If you want to find out from the experts, and form your own opinion then I...
  • Blog Post: How Green is your SQL Server?

    The possibilities for consolidating SQL Server are many and varied, and one of the key drivers for all of these is the cost of energy which curiously doesn’t seem to have fallen in line with the price of oil & gas. Anyway I found this detailed whitepaper on how Microsoft applies the principles of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server performance in a virtual world

    Despite doing quite a few posts and talks on Virtualising SQL Server, I am still getting the odd comment on earlier posts, so please forgive this if you have heard it all before. Firstly these are my musings on the topic to date: Virtualisation for the DBA part 1  - Are you bovvered? Virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: EcoCamp

    The best thing about my job is the interesting people I get to meet and this weekend was no exception, because I went to an EcoCamp in Coventry and met an arctic explorer and some amazing industrial designers amongst others. You might wonder what that has got to do with my work? Well strictly nothing...
  • Blog Post: Work Life Balance in Office

    For me the office is Microsoft Office as my litmus test for whether I am working or not is what I am doing not where I am.    The final bit of Office 2010 is still in beta – Office Communicator 2010 and I have been pestering the development team  to get on the internal dogfood to...
  • Blog Post: Woodland Trust Part 3–the New Building

    In my continuing saga on the Woodland Trust I was lucky enough to go to the formal opening of their new building last week. Unfortunately while all the IT is going smoothly it is the lack of water that is holding up the move, and this means that they can’t bring the new servers online because they...